The powerful and wonderful girls & women at the Nari Jibon Project who are learning alternative skills such as literacy in Bangla, tailoring rather than sewing, literacy in English, how to use, write and create with, and repair computers, and finally writing thoughtful posts and taking photos-videos about their lives on the Nari Jibon blogs in English and Bangla. These girls & women are doing all these activities in an affordable, safe, secure, caring environment at Nari Jibon in classes and the women-only cyber cafe!
Why write so much on violence against women?
- until all women are safe, no women are safe (as well as the rest of their society)
- all of us come from women: mothers, grandmothers and we also have aunts, sisters, daughters, and female relatives
- 1/3 women in their lifetime will experience some form of violence-abuse
- nothing justifies such violence against women, children, and men—not assorted rationalizations, misinformation--nothing
- domestic violence is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality
In the words of Audre Lorde (African American poet, writer, teacher, & activist), “your silence will not protect you”:
Audre Lorde (The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action, Sister Outsider.
Let's start speaking up!